. . . told the UK Times, “All evil is due to the intervention of the Devil, including pedophilia.” He also added that contemporary culture has “given in to the Evil One. You see it in the lack of faith, the empty churches, the collapse of the family. Compare the world of today to when I was a boy in Modena: families and parish communities were strong, women did not go out to work.”
And Catholic Mary Elizabeth Williams responds to Don Gabriele Amorth this way:
I don’t want to read too much into it here, but did the honorary president of the International Association of Exorcists actually just sort of suggest that if some priest in Rio is sodomizing his altar boys, it might be my fault because I have a job?
Yes, Mary Elizabeth, that is exactly what he’s done: he’s suggested that the Church has been infected by Modernity. In other words, he has put it on you, and me as an agnostic, and those fighting for gay marriage equality, and Satan. Everyone, in other words, except the priests actually responsible, and the bishops and popes—including Pope Benedict—who have, over many years, enabled them, and covered for them.
Oh, and when was Don Gabriele Amorth born?
In other words, when he was “a boy in Modena” and “parish communities were strong”—and “women did not go out to work”—Europe was fast coming under the grip of fascism.
You know, the good old days.